GBM supporters still in prison

Six supports of Kasama MP Geoffrey Mwamba who entered 2014 in prison may remain in detention until January 13, 2014.
Meanwhile, the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) on Tuesday harassed a rice importer after they were wrongly informed that the rice belonged to GBM.
The businessman, a South African, imports his rice from Pakistan but repackages it in Lusaka before reselling it to make a profit of course. He pays the require government tax.
But the DEC acting on a tip informed president Michael Sata that GBM has imported thousand of bags of rice without paying tax. Sata gave express orders to impound the rice and take appropriate action against GBM.
In a strange Move, DEC invited journalists to accompany them to the ‘operation’. Normally DEC does not invite journalists when they are conducting operations. They only contact the press after a successful operation. ‘But this one was a political move aimed at embarrassing GBM but they found that he was not linked and the owners of the rice had committed no offence; imported the rice in a normal way and paid tax at the border,’ said a DEC source.
In Kasama the six supporters of GBM have been charged with breach of peace and assault.
Normally, when people are facing such charges, they are not even taken to court but pay admission of guilty fees at the police and released.
But these ones have not only been taken to court but denied police bond or court bail.
Their offence is that they disrupted a meeting that was supposed to prepare the visit of Miles Sampa. The time he went to distribute cash to cadres.
The arrested cadres appeared before Magistrate Kelvin Soma on Tuesday. They are Charles Chama 41, Whiteson Mutanta, 35 and Christopher Malama 35.
Others were Frank Mbewe 34, Wedson Sinkolowe 42 and Ireen Chitonge 41.
Particulars of the offence are that in count one, it is alleged that on 26th December, 2013 between 11:00 and 12:00 hours the accused persons whilst acting together did disrupt a meeting of their rival camp at the Kasama Municipal Council Chamber.
In count two, Malama and Mbewe are alleged to have assaulted Chiba ward Councillor who is also a member of the PF Provincial Committee, Rosemary Chilufya.
Last Thursday, supporters of Kasama Central Member of Parliament Geoffrey Mwamba stormed a PF provincial executive meeting that took place at the council chamber and disrupted the proceedings.

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